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Area 51, the common name of the secretive US Air Force facility located within the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR), has been subject to conspiracy theories since it was discovered, as UFO enthusiasts try to prove the existence of extraterrestrial life.

Private pilot Gabe Zeifman took off in his tiny Cessna 150 on Christmas day in southern Nevada to unveil some stunning bird's eye images of Area 51 within the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR).

The amateur photographer made a spectacular flight around Papoose Dry Lake before gliding over Groom Lake, home to Area 51, rumoured to contain UFOs. He took almost 1000 snaps of the landscape beneath. 

One of the photos, shared with Mystery Wire, captured a mysterious object, part of which can be seen sticking out of a hangar entrance to the south of the NTTR complex. It's triangular and blurred, so it can't be discerned with any certainty, but given the reputation of the area, speculation is rife.

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